Magbago na sana tayo...2011 na!
At the Rizal Park, this photo from BusinessWorld:
Caption reads: A family that eats together... doesn’t mind the garbage. Filipinos flocked to Luneta Park in Manila yesterday (Jan. 2, 2010) to enjoy the last day of the New Year break. Photo by JONATHAN L. CELLONA
While in Boracay Island, this photo courtesy of the Boracay Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
This is the stinking garbage of EPIC, a new club in Boracay, sitting on the beach pathway on Jan. 1, 2010, after its New Year's party. The club is located on Station 2, where Hey Jude! used to be, and is owned by the same people who set up the controversy-riddled Embassy at The Fort, and now Republiq at the Resorts World. Why am I not surprised that these guys have bad habits?
This island will continue to die w/ irresponsible entrepreneurs from Manila let loose.
AND this is probably why, Boracay will probably not make it to any foreign publications' travel list this year. It has become ordinary. Commercially overdeveloped, noisy, and dirty. I used to call the island my second home in the mid-80s to early 2000s. Now, it's just so sad to go there esp. during peak season.
But at least there's still one Philippine destination that made it to National Geographic's 20 Best Trips of 2011. Palawan.
On the main island (also named Palawan) near Sabang, hike the three-mile (five-kilometer) Monkey Trail to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park's navigable underground river. The five-mile (eight-kilometer) coastal rain forest route is home to long-tailed macaques, blue-naped parrots, and other indigenous wildlife. In the province’s northern Calamianes islands, Coron Island is considered one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, offering World War II-vintage wreck diving and snorkeling in calm, crystalline waters. (Read the rest here.)